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Escallonia rubra var macrantha

Vigorous evergreen shrub with dark green glossy leaves and dark red flowers

This highly decorative evergreen shrub has glossy and small leaves, with deep red flowers that pepper the shrub with their blooms from July through October.


It can be used as a thick hedge or as an individual specimen and prefers sunlight or partial shade. It grows particularly well in coastal areas.


It is a hardy shrub, and can thrive in most types of soil but prefers fertile, moist, and well-drained conditions.

Escallonia Macrantha Rubra is a popular shrub that finds an honourable mention in Virginia Woolf’s 1922 novel called Jacob’s Room. It is thick enough to be used as a screen, especially since it is a fast growing variety.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub, Hedging
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer, Winter
Flowering June - July
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 30 cm - 40 cm
Plant width 320 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 10 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Coastal or drought resistant, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to September